Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Science and Faith

I enjoyed last week studying and preaching on Noah.  I tried to stay focused on the person and only quickly spoke of the flood and the struggle modern scientists have with its authenticity.  I believe that the Bible is the infallible Word of God.  I believe that science exists to help us understand God’s amazing work of creation.  This is a starting point that many scientists believe is wrong.  If we already have truth, I do not see any logical way to interpret data than through that truth.  The flood helps explain so much of the inexplicable in science.  The atmosphere before the flood explains how large animals were able to survive.  It explains how a large number of species could live on the earth at the same time.  It also explains why animals have slowly come to the point of extinction ever since.  It explains geological formations like the Grand Canyon and the fossil record that shows millions of species exploding on the scene at the same time (and then dying together to form billions of fossils). 

Science and religion can exist together and not contradict.  I greatly appreciate what the ministry “Answers in Genesis” brings to this discussion.  They are determined to show us how scientific data, not necessarily scientific conclusions, fit with the truth of God’s Word.  David Menton, a speaker for their ministry says, “I spent nearly 40 years doing science and teaching science at the postgraduate level. I found no incompatibility between empirical science and the Bible. It is the philosophy of scientism not science that is incompatible with Scripture. Evolutionism is based on scientism. But evolutionism is often equated with science so that anyone who dares to disagree with macroevolution is accused of being opposed to all science. Sadly, some atheists have a better grasp of the incompatibility of evolutionism with the Gospel of Jesus Christ than many Christians do,”

Do not be fooled into thinking that you have to choose between God and science.  God created this world and His Word is not incompatible with the data of this world.  Colossians 1:17 says, “And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together.”  It is through science that we can see the working of God.

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Sermon Presentation

Well Pleasing

Call for Prayer

Peter found himself in a desperate situation.  He was in a Roman prison.  The same authorities had killed other believers and even his Lord, Jesus.  He was chained, uncomfortable and yet remarkably able to sleep.  Since the resurrection, Peter and the church found new confidence.  Unlike what the disciples did when Jesus was crucified, the church was together.  What could be done in such a difficult situation?  Were they planning an escape?  No.  They were doing the one thing they knew to do.  They were together praying.  They understood that the issue with Peter was not a physical problem but a spiritual problem.

We find ourselves in difficult days in America.  The church is continually being attacked in the name of tolerance.  Doors are open all around the world waiting for believers to step out in faith.  Eastern Heights is in the battle.  We feel the difficulty coming in America.  However, we also see doors open and we are ready to go through them.  This summer we will be ministering in Bartlesville, Tulsa, Mexico and Africa.  We also find finances in a crunch and the valuable resource of time slipping away.  What are we to do?  We are to pray!

We are only going to be successful in our ministries this summer if we are a church in prayer.  On Wednesdays this summer we are putting together home prayer meetings.  As the early church prayed with earnestly for Peter ,we want to pray earnestly for our various ministries.  I need host homes in which we can gather and pray.  Inconvenient?  You bet it is.  Important?  Extremely!  Please call me or the church office and let us know that you are willing to host a group.  I do not care when you meet, where you meet, or how long you meet.  As host you make those decisions.  I just ask that you pray earnestly.  When we find prayer, we will find renewed confidence and the ability to rest, even in the most difficult of circumstances.